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Border management considerably strengthened: UPA report card

New Delhi, June 1 (Calcutta Tube) Border management had been considerably strengthened during the first year of the government’s tenure with the construction of additional fencing and strengthening the existing fencing along the borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, the United Progressive Alliance said in its report card released by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday.

During 2009-10, construction of 210 km of fencing, 310 km of border roads and 400 km of floodlighting was completed along the India-Bangladesh border, the report said, adding the construction of 50 border outposts was also commenced.

Formation works along 35.89 km and surfacing works along 11.2 km was completed on 11 roads along the India-China border.

In the Gujarat sector, construction of 15 km of border roads was completed along the India-Pakistan border, while fencing of 19 km was also completed.

Fencing along 210 km was completed on the India-Bangladesh border during 2009-10, besides replacing 400 km of fencing along this frontier, the report said.

This apart, Rs.635 crore was released to the states during 2009-10 under the Border Area Development Programme, the report said.

This aided in the construction of roads, bridges, school buildings, community centres, cultural centres, primary and community health centres, acquisition of ambulances and medical equipment and the development of agriculture and allied sectors.

The report also said the construction of two integrated check posts had been taken up at Attari (India-Pakistan border) and Raxaul (India-Nepal border).

Work at Jogbani on the India-Nepal border, Dawki, Akhaura and Petrapole, all three on the India-Bangladesh border and at Moreh on the India-Myanmar border will be also taken up shortly, the report said.

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